Inside the “Ron Paul” Spam Botnet - Blackhat malware promotes politics

Posted by xssworm on December 6th, 2007

Inside the “Ron Paul” Spam Botnet
Date: December 4, 2007
Author: Joe Stewart

ron paul supporters are known for unconventional promotional tactics

On the weekend of October 27, 2007, the Internet was suddenly bombarded with a rash of spam emails promoting U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul. The spam run continued until Tuesday, October 30,when it stopped as suddenly as it began. At the same time, politicalblogs began to light up, accusing the campaign (or at least its ardent supporters) of running a criminal botnet for political purposes. We decided to cut through the spin and take a closer look at this botnet to determine its origins and shine some light on who might be responsible.

Tracking the Spam
Tracking specific spam back to a particular piece of botnet malware is somewhat challenging, but given the right cooperation between researchers who hold different pieces of the puzzle, …
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Also see: Ron Paul Supporters Using Criminal Botnets to Spread Message of Hate